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Thursday 17 August 2017

Man is sentenced for frenzied knife attack on mother

a man who repeatedly stabbed his mother during a vicious attack told gardai that he just snapped after she told him to "f**k off", a court has heard.

David Murphy (24) initially had trouble remembering the attack and told investigators: "I just snapped, the next thing I remember is a knife in my hand covered in blood and I just ran."

He also attacked his brother who found him attacking their mother in the kitchen of the family home.

Murphy, of Coultry Place, Ballymun, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two charges of assault causing harm to Angela Murdock and Andrew Murphy at the home on December 12, 2013.

Murphy stabbed his mother in the neck and arms with a bread knife. He then stabbed his brother five times until the knife handle broke, leaving the blade in his brother's arm.

Judge Martin Nolan said that there was a long-standing bad relationship between Murphy and his mother and siblings. He said he attacked her viciously in what was a frightening situation for her.

The judge suspended the last 18 months of a four-year prison sentence on condition that Murphy keep the peace and obey the instructions of the Probation Services for a year after his release. He backdated the sentence to December 2013, when Murphy went into custody.

Break-up

The court heard that the father-of-three had moved back into the family home after a relationship with the mother of his children broke up. He was speaking to his mother in the kitchen and she told him to "f**k off". She told gardai later that anytime he spoke to her they ended up having a row.

He stabbed her in the neck and she fell to the floor. He sat on her with his legs on both sides of her body and stabbed her in the arms three times. He was roaring and shouting, "I hate you b**ch", and she was petrified, Det Garda Adrian Mulligan told the court.

Murphy's brother came into the kitchen and saw his mother bleeding. He tried to calm the situation down and asked his brother to stop the attack.

After the knife handle broke Murphy went to the kitchen sink to find another knife and the two victims left the house at speed and went to a neighbour's house for help.

Two days later, Murphy handed himself in to gardai and asked if his mother was alright. He told them he felt he was the black sheep in the family and never got on with his mother.

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